Sunday, 20 May 2018

Whit Sunday - The Day of Pentecost

The title of my sermon tonight is exactly this: "The Day of Pentecost" - in which I will be speaking on Acts 2:1-21.

Yesterday was grandson Lucas's 11th birthday (Philip & Gylmara's son) so we had a nice time with family and friends.

On Wednesday I spoke to 150 university students and teachers, by invitation, for two hours! I offered to speak for an hour and a half but they insisted they wanted more so can't have been bad! What an opportunity!

I had a great meeting with our social worker Marah Danielle this week. We discussed a variety of projects. She's a great lass!

Liz continues in better health. PTL! It really is good to see her relatively pain free and fully mobile again. We had even wondered if our UK trip would be possible with Liz so ill, but now the tide has turned and we are getting into gear for Blighty!

I spent a lot of time sorting out different problems this week. Anyone involved in Church leadership knows what it's like. You plan your day and then bang! This or the other happens and you have to drop everything and help. One person made a stupid mistake in the financial field and it took me a lot of time to get a lawyer onto her case and calm her down. Then there was a couple of young Christians disgruntled with some simple things and talking a lot of rubbish and causing trouble. May the Lord help us!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Excellent Leadership Team Meeting

Saturday's leadership team meeting lasted 9 hours but it was very good. Exhausting but in a great spirit amongst the 10 leaders and very productive. All was in preparation for the annual Field Conference to be held at Green Pastures and Patos from the 25th-27th May.

Key points decided were that 2 new ministers will be given probationary ministerial status at the Conference and 2 others will be ordained. Two smaller churches are to be given full church status rather than remaining church plants of other churches. Many other planning issues were discussed and the financial difficulties the churches face with the economic crisis in Brazil affecting things was discussed and prayed about.

On Sunday we had a good day in Church on what was mother's Day here. Today I gave a two hour lecture at a university by invitation which went extremely well to well over a hundred students. 

Next Monday the Patos Town Council will be holding a special session of the Council in honour of EAB/ACEV's 80 years! It should be quite something and certainly an historic mark for God's glory!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Tearfund visit

This week we have had the visit of Tearfund's Brazil representative Serguem Silva, together with their new worker Alberto Lins. They visited lots of EAB/ACEV projects and I had a good meeting with them and our projects director Lindon Carlos this afternoon.


I am working flat out preparing for Saturday's big ACEV leadership team's meeting in preparation for the Field Conference in 2 weeks time. So much to remember and put together on the agenda for discussion. Boy this meeting is going to last into the night as usual!

Liz has started the new phase of her treatment today. She is a lot better than she was and we pray that the treatment started today will fix things completely. 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

EAB's Oldest Church being rebuilt

In our 80th year EAB's first church at Princesa Isabel, which itself is 75 years old, has been demolished and is in the process of being rebuilt. This weekend more work was carried out. EAB has contributed substantial funds to this project. The church is being expanded to cope with growth which is always a good problem to have.

In Patos the monthly communion service was really blessed this Sunday. I preached on 'Communion' based on 1 John 1:1-7.

Twin kids have been born to an EAB 4 Legs Project Mother Goat at the landless community a few miles from Green Pastures. This also happened on Sunday in time for the service! Mother and twins are doing great.

We are flat out preparing for our annual Field Conference later this month and have a leadership meeting in preparation for this on Saturday. Leaders will come to the Patos headquarters from João Pessoa, Campina Grande, Itaporanga, Imaculada and Manaíra. Please pray.

The Deaf Fellowship had great meetings over the weekend. It was also good to see a new Soup Run Team set up and running at Juru up in the mountains. 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Counselling

I have had a long counselling session this morning with someone delivered from drugs for nearly two years but who is under all sorts of pressure. I talked to him for ages, heard all his difficulties, counselled him and prayed with him. Please pray for this man I will call MAV so as to maintain anonimity. He is seeking to follow the Lord.

Please aso pray for the woman from the Desert Flower Project on drugs who has made a commitment  to Christ but who is struggling. Code name SAR.

I did a night Green Pastures two hour treck with Tarcísio yesterday alongside the lake and river looking for frogs, toads, snakes and spiders. It is quite complicated in the dark but interesting. I could hear different species of frogs but often not easy to locate. 

Liz continues to be in considerably better health, though not out of the woods yet.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Day

The Married Couples Fellowship had a good day at Green Pastures today. Tonight I had a meeting of the 'Drug Free' Group evaluating our work to date and planning for the coming months. It was very good. 

Liz has been counselling all evening too so she is certainly a lot better in her health than she was. PTL!

Monday, 30 April 2018

EAB Board Meeting here we come!

This Saturday I will be taking part in one of the tri-annual EAB Board meetings, via Skype, which will be held at WestWellow, near Romsey, UK. I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces! We will need to sort out the GDPR business as D-Day looms!

Liz's health has improved a lot. PTL! She is in much less pain and is far more mobile. Please keep praying.

Last night's service in Patos was great finishing off a greatly blessed weekend. Philip preached very well from Romans 12. 

Tomorrow is a public holiday and the married couple's fellowship will be spending the day at Green Pastures. At night I will be chairing a meeting of the "Drug Free" group to discuss about how to improve our work. 

Next Sunday is communion Sunday so I need to prepare for that.